Akshardham Temple a temple built with pink stones and pure white marbles (without use of steel) on the banks of Yamuna river in Eastern New Delhi near to Noida in India. Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham showcases 10,000 years of India’s glorious culture, heritage and its spirituality. Akshardham Temple is a must see place for a Delhi tourist.
Akshardham Temple, New Delhi. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
‘Akshardham’ means eternal and divine abode of God. Akshardham Temple was built by the followers of ‘Swaminarayan’ (3 April 1781 – 1 June 1830). He was named ‘Sahajanand Swami’, by his guru, Ramanand Swami.
Sahajanand Swami taught ‘Swaminarayan mantra’, a single mantra composed of six syllables, Swa-mi-na-ra-ya-n, which is chanted by Swaminarayan section of his followers. From that time on-wards, he is known as Swaminarayan and he is considered as the incarnation of God. He built six temples during his lifetime. He has also appointed 500 paramhansas (spiritual teachers who attained enlightenment) to spread his philosophy.
The fifth spiritual successor to Swaminarayan and the current guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj, constructed the Akshardham Temple and was inaugurated on 6 November 2005.
Apart from the huge statue of Swaminarayana, visitors can visit the ‘Hall of Values’ , which is an Audio Animatronics Show depicting the Indian culture, through the life of Swaminarayan. There is also a Giant Screen (six storey building height) which shows the epic period film featuring Swaminarayana, shot over the length and breadth of India, featuring almost all of India’s the holy places, its festivals and its spiritual traditions. One of its kind in the world and a ‘must watch’ for all visitors to Akshardham Temple, New Delhi. There is another exciting 12 minute boat ride , which showcases the 10,000 year old Indian heritage! Colorful musical fountain and the vast garden are some of the other attractions inside the temple.
Akshardham Temple is one of its kind in India and occupies its position as a leading Indian tourism center.
How do I go to Akshardham Temple, New Delhi?
“Akshardham” metro railway station on the blue line is at the entrance to the Akshardham Temple, New Delhi. Those travelling by car can go to the Akshardham Temple by taking National Highway No. 24 (which takes you to Noida). New Delhi I.G. International airport is the nearest airport to Akshardham Temple.
One of the seven wonders of world, Taj Mahal, is at around 204 kilometers or 127 miles from Akshardham Temple at New Delhi.